We're on our way
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Miss Casey Leigh Sheppard
I moved to Los Angeles about 9 months ago to expand my business as a jewelry artist, the pursuit of getting my jewels on the rock gods of the Angelenos. Things went very well at first then took a HUGE nose dive. Seemed like everything was going wrong.
I wanted to find a way out of LA, go to the middle of no where, near a bike trail so I could just live life and ride my bike. I was missing my community, friends and good people. My self pitty soon turned into self reflection, I needed to give back, donate to the organizations that have influenced me and could influence or help others. I made a list of bike, art, park and other organizations that I was going to send money to each month, from $10-$50 (even though I don't have much money I thought I could help). While I was making my list I was watching "The Long Way Round" on Netflix (which you need to check out, super inspiring) and this fueled my idea to start bike touring. I thought bout starting out small, like San Fran to LA. With all this happening I was very lost in my career as well. No creativity and I wanted to make bigger, more costume style work...wearable art but I was lost.
Then life took a spin....a small development of events by chance happened and in such a happy, beneficial way!!! Because of these events I have started to create the work I've dreamt of and was asked by a great new friend to take part in the AIDS LifeCycle Event. Now I'm starting off my bike touring with a SF to LA ride that will help an organization and influence others. Oh but I still got my list to donate to, that still happening...first things first though.
To see updates about training, progress and shout out thank you for supports check out my blog...
I'm Riding to End AIDS
From June 1-7, 2014, I'm bicycling in AIDS/LifeCycle. It's a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.